Southern Belle in Training

Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Virginia Beach, VA

February 3, 2016

Midweek Ramblings + Recent Purchases

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  • HCBN North Carolina Blogger Meet-up: I am the regional chair for my region of North Carolina for the Her Campus Blogger Network, which means that I get to plan quarterly meet-ups for other NC bloggers! We held our first meet-up of 2016 this past weekend. Myself, Cara from Caralina Style, Taylor from Lefty Living Life , Morgan from How 2 Wear It and I all enjoyed a delicious brunch at the Print Works Bistro in Greensboro, NC. It was so much fun to spend some quality time with other North Carolina bloggers (and enjoy the best French Toast that I've ever had while I was at it!). I am currently working on planning the March meet-up for the HCBN, which will be held here in Charlotte! Be sure to e-mail me if you're a blogger in the area who would like to attend. :-) (And see a few pictures from this month's meet-up at the bottom of this post!)
  • Disney Bound: Finally sharing my Spring Break plans for this year: I will be heading to Orlando and the Disney Parks next month! It's been six years since I've been to Disney, and I cannot wait to go back. I will be traveling there with my dad and my best friend Caroline! We are planning to spend a couple of days in the parks, and a day or two exploring our hotel and greater Orlando. Since I haven't been to Disney that many times (and have never been to the Orlando area outside of Disney!), I would LOVE any recommendations from any of you as for things to do while we're there! Especially restaurant recommendations- my favorite thing about Disney is the food. 
  • Resume fine-tuning: I had the wonderful opportunity last week to meet with someone who is the Senior VP of Communications for a Charlotte city development based non-profit that I really admire! The meeting was so beneficial to me, and she offered me many helpful tips for my resume and upcoming job search. It was wonderful for me to have someone in the working world take a look at my resume, as she offered me different feedback on it then what I've gotten from professors at school! I spent more time last week after my meeting fine-tuning my resume, and now hopefully it's good to go for the next few months. Applying for jobs is like a whole job in itself!! 


  • It might have taken me until senior year of college to do so, but I finally made going to the gym a priority in my weekly routine last semester. This semester is a lot more academically demanding for me, so it is already getting tougher for me to find time to go to the gym, but I'm trying to still make fitness a priority by buying myself new cute athletic apparel! One thing that picked up this week was this cute (and super affordable!) new sports bra. I love the detailing on the back of it. This store is surprisingly my favorite place to buy sports bras from, most of mine are from there and I love them all! 
  • I splurged this new foundation at Sephora last week! Foundation is one makeup item that I've always tried to purchase at the drugstore in the past, as high-end foundations can be pricey. But I realized that all of the drugstore foundations that I had purchased in recent months were making me break-out, due to a common ingredient that I think I react badly to! I knew that I needed to pay my local Sephora a visit, and find a higher quality foundation that didn't contain this ingredient. So far I'm pretty pleased with my new foundation. It definitely has a higher price tag then what I'm used to for makeup, but I haven't been breaking out as much this week so that's totally worth it! (And it comes in 40 shades!)
  • I had enough points at Sephora to get a sample with my purchase, and I chose this night cream. Oh my word. I am OBSESSED. It smells absolutely heavenly- like the the most fancy perfume! I looked up the price for a full sized one and sadly it's a little out of this college girl's budget for right now... but maybe Christmas 2016?! 

     Hope that all of you are having a great Wednesday! Stay tuned tomorrow for the start of a new series for this month that I'm starting on the blog! And here are a couple pictures from my blogging meet-up:

The three of us all unintentionally wore the same shade of purple!

      xoxo Miss ALK


  1. Oh my goodness! Y'all are so cute! Wish I could've made it to the meet-up! Love that color coordination!

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

  2. Looking forward to hearing about your Disney trip! I haven't been back in so long. Y'all look great; sounds like the meet up was so fun.

    Alexandra Adams | X Height Ment

  3. Have such a fun time in Disney!
    I really want to go over the next few years :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  4. You guys look so great! My co-blogger Gabby goes to UNC Chapel Hill, I'm sure she'd love to meet some new bloggers so I will definitely refer her to this post! I can't give you any restaurant recommendations for Disney, but my go-to snack are those ice cream pops shaped like Mickey's head :)

  5. The photos from the blogger meetup are adorable, you guys all do look coordinated! Spring break at Disney will be so much fun!

  6. Omg, so jealous you get to go to Disney for spring break! I've been four times (including the one in California) and it still never gets old! I'll be stalking your Insta for pics! hahah. Hope you have a great week girl!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  7. I recently started using that same foundation! Don't you love it?!

  8. Your blogger meet up looks like it was so fun!

  9. Disnew World- that's so awesome! While my boyfriend was stationed in North Carolina ( we're from CA) we always wanted to make a Disney World trip happen but it never happened :(
    I'm totally with you on the gym- this semester is a difficult one for me but I'm really trying to make the effort to get to the gym. New workout clothe always helps with that:)
    Great post!

  10. Looks like such a fun blogger meet up, I love how HCBN connects bloggers!

  11. The meetup looks so fun, I would love to come to the one in Charlotte! Can't wait to see pictures from your Disney trip!


  12. The meetup looked like it was a blast! You look gorgeous! And I love when I get points at Sephora and get things for free.. it's like Christmas!
    The Fashionista's Diary

  13. I really hope I can come to the meet up in March! I'm really looking forward to it! And so excited that you're going to Disney!!!

  14. So jealous of your Spring Break plans! I'm probably the only person in the world who's never been to Disney, and it kills me! Pack me in your suitcase please!

  15. I trip to Disney sounds so fun! I was there in August and had such a great trip.

  16. A blogger meetup! That sounds so cool! I am a huge fan of that! Also DISNEY is the absolute best!!! You;ll have an amazing time

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

  17. The blogger meet up sounds like so much fun! I recently got new foundation also, while it's not Sephora, I do love it! It has acne fighting agents in it and I love that!


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